It was a patriotic scene at the Custer Armory as the entire district gathered to honor Veteran's day.
Maine Veterans were the honored as part of Take a Veteran to School Day. "They can be brothers, uncles, fathers of our students, and the list just keeps growing". After months of planning by the JROTC students, it went off without a hitch and brought the community together for Veterans Day.
Brown Funeral Home and United Bank were this year's sponsors for the Veterans Day reception and assembly, according to Melonas. "We couldn't have done a lot of this without their support".
In the first year, the school raised $650, the cost for one honor flight for a veteran of World War II, Korea or Vietnam.
"It means honoring those who protect our country and everyone in it", said Mason Saari, 5th grader at Ishpeming Schools. "We just hope they know we're thinking about them and we appreciate their service".
At Staley High School, the celebrations are starting early.
The children showed they had been learning some basic skills by presenting an enthusiastic rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Students and staff also recognized five staff members who served in the armed forces, Jeremy Knight, Kelli Casimir, Emily Moats, Alex Bennet and Thomas Bibby.
"One year it canceled because of snow, but otherwise, it's been going on for 32 years and we've always had it here at the school, and they treat us very well", Fred Meyer, commander of the Windom American Legion said. The Norman Park Elementary Choir sang songs about America and gave handwritten letters of thanks to the veterans in attendance.